‘Your spirit will live on’ Irish community mourns death of local ‘legend’

‘Your spirit will live on’ Irish community mourns death of local ‘legend’

THE Irish community in Birmingham is in mourning following the death of one of its most popular members.

News that Mark Tomlinson has passed away broke yesterday.

Tributes have since poured in for Mr Tomlinson, thought to be 45, who, with his family, was a regular at Irish events across the city.

His family roots lie in counties Carlow and Longford.

Mark pictured with his parents Michael and Bridget Tomlinson at an Irish community event in Birmingham in 2018 (Pics: Chris Egan)

Irish Post photographer Chris Egan said: “It is very sad news, I met Mark and his family at many community events and he was always in the choir gallery at St Anne’s Church for the annual St Patricks Day Mass.”

In a tribute posted online yesterday, the St Anne’s Club in Digbeth said: “It's with heartfelt sadness that we heard the news of young Mark Tomlinson passing away.

“He truly was a legend both in St Anne's on a Saturday night or performing for our Dementia service with his dad.

“He could put a smile on anyone’s face and brighten up any day.”

They added:  “We are totally heartbroken and will miss him loads. RIP Mark. Gone but never ever forgotten”

Mark Tomlinson playing music with Birmingham Comhaltas leader Vince Jordan in 2013 (Pic: Chris Egan)

The Birmingham Irish Association also paid tribute, stating: “Its very rare you come across a young man who despite having to face up to his own battles throughout his life can illuminate a room in the way this lad could.

“His passion for life and his enthusiasm for celebrating his Irish heritage was there for all to see.”

They added: “Legend is a term used too easily but in this case Mark you are and always will be a legend. His selfless attitude and sense of humour was infectious.

“You have left your footprint on this world and your family, although heartbroken, we hope will take some comfort from the joy and love your brought to all our lives.

“All of us at BIA will never forget you and we will make sure that your spirit will live on in everything we do. RIP our friend.”